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Unread 09-14-2022, 04:43 PM   #1
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Kitchen Backsplash - Is Mastic OK?

Hi Everyone,

I've used the advice on this forum with great success on a few flooring projects.
I'm looking at putting a tile backsplash in my kitchen, and was curious if using mastic is okay in this scenario.

It's a fairly small area, so I didn't want to deal with mixing such a small amount of thinset. Also, with mastic I wouldn't need to work as quickly.

I'll probably be using a pretty simple ceramic tile, and the wall is currently a typical kitchen wall (drywall, knockdown texture, paint). But on the chance that the wife would prefer a glass tile does that change anything?

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Unread 09-14-2022, 05:47 PM   #2
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Welcome back, Matt.

The short answers are yes, and yes.

Backsplashes are one of the few areas where we (TYW) condone the use of organic adhesives in lieu of thinset mortar in many cases.

But if you elect to use a glass tile or a natural stone tile, it's back to using an appropriate thinset mortar as far as I'm concerned.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 09-15-2022, 04:19 PM   #3
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Mastic works well over paint but if you question it, stick a sample piece and let it dry, then pry it off to check the bond. You can use a primer like Mapei's Eco Prim Grip but I believe they like thinset to be used over it. Also, for glass tiles, you want the wall to be white so a skim coat of thinset might be needed over the paint or primer.
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Unread 09-15-2022, 11:17 PM   #4
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I've used this for glass tile several times and had great results, read the instructions!
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I used that once, had no problems. The only downside I remember was the price.
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Unread 09-16-2022, 06:13 PM   #6
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I used that same thinset on my last house to put up a glass-tile backsplash. It worked great bit if I don't have to use thinset I'll probably go with the mastic.

My main reason for wanting to use mastic is that I'll probably be doing small sections each day after work. Don't want to deal with mixing such a small amount of thinset each time.

Thanks everyone. Looks like I'll be steering the wife away from glass tiles
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As you like. For me, the neat look of mosaic tile that contains some or all glass is more than worth the headache of mixing some small batches of thinset mortar.

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For small batches, I use a paint mixer that goes in a drill and a small bucket.
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